Russian President Vladimir Putin “clearly can no longer win on the battlefield,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday.
Speaking at a joint press conference in Berlin with Cypriot President Nikos Anastassiades, Scholz called for an immediate end to Russia’s “terrorist bombings against civilians.”
“Russia’s continued bombing of Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure for weeks is not only intolerable, but a blatant violation of international law,” Scholz said.
The prime minister also said Russia’s actions showed once again “how ruthless and ruthless” Putin is in the war that began nine months ago.
“That’s why my appeal to President Putin remains the same: end the senseless killings, withdraw all troops from Ukraine and agree to peace talks with Ukraine,” Scholz said.
Macron wants to meet again with Putin
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said he would like to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin soon. “I will be in direct contact with him in the coming days,” Macron told reporters in Paris.
According to President Macron, the leaders will talk about “civilian nuclear power” and the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
There have been repeated attacks on a vast nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has spoken of a “targeted attack” that Kyiv and Moscow have accused each other of.
On Wednesday, the IAEA said in a statement that the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant had been cut off from external power again. The plant now relied on an emergency diesel generator.
The power plant is located in the Zaporizhia region, which Russia has declared annexed, not far from the front line. In October, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an order placing nuclear power plants under Russian control.
dh/dj (AFP, dpa)